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Opting for Tiger not a risk: Pavin

United States team captain Corey Pavin does not believe he has taken a risk in selecting Tiger Woods as one of his wild cards for next month's Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales.

On his thought process about Woods, Pavin said: "I just watched and waited.

"I was hoping he would qualify on points, but he didn't and so I waited to see how he played."

Woods has come 12th and 11th in the past two weeks, which prompted Pavin to add: "He is one of 12 on the team and everyone is just as important. The objective is to have 12 players that make up Team USA and have one goal in mind.

"I think our team is good and I think these four (wildcards) complement the other eight very well. That was the goal."

Woods is expected to play with world number four Steve Stricker, with whom he won four out of four at the Presidents Cup in San Francisco 11 months ago.

But Pavin said: "There are a lot of combinations out there and I'm not afraid to put anybody with anybody. Nothing is set in stone yet."

Cink, last year's British Open champion, and Johnson, the 2007 Masters winner, were safe choices, adding experience to a side that has four rookies.

But after deciding Anthony Kim, a star of the last side, had run out of time to prove his recovery, Pavin went with a gut feeling that Fowler was ready.

The young Californian won seven out of eight games in two Walker Cups -- just like Luke Donald did -- and was with Dustin Johnson on the side that beat a Britain and Ireland team, which included Rory McIlroy, three years ago.

"It was tough to sleep last night," admitted Fowler. "It's awesome to be selected and I have to thank Corey for giving me the opportunity.

"I'm not Anthony Kim, but I do think I could bring some energy and get the guys pumped up."


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